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2 Peter 3:8-9
8 But [de], beloved [agapetos], be [lanthano] not [me][humas] ignorant [lanthano] of this one [heis] thing [touto], that [hoti] one [mia] day [hemera] is with [para] the Lord [kurios] as [hos] a thousand [chilioi] years [etos], and [kai] a thousand [chilioi] years [etos] as [hos] one [mia] day [hemera].
9 The Lord [kurios] is [braduno] not [ou] slack [braduno] concerning his promise [epaggelia], as [hos] some men [tis] count [hegeomai] slackness [bradutes]; but [alla] is
longsuffering [makrothumeo] to [eis] us-ward [hemas], not [me] willing [boulomai] that any
[tis] should perish [apollumi], but [alla] that all [pas] should come [choreo] to [eis] repentance [metanoia]. KJV-Interlinear
8 But do not let this one fact
escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years,
and a thousand years as one day. 9 The
Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient
toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. NASB
Quoting from the
Psalms, Peter makes it clear that time is of no concern to God.God is infinite, and in eternity, whether
past or future, God has all of the time He needs to accomplish His purposes.
4 For a thousand years
in Thy sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Or as a watch in the night. NASB
Too often people will
try to draw from this quote, an inference that God accomplishes in 1000 years
what we think of as a day.This idea has
been applied to Genesis, to the history of the human race, and to probably many
other theories, or guesses as to how and when things have or will be
The six day reatoration
of the earth was not accomplished over a period of 6000 years.The history of humanity over the past 6000
years does not equate to some sort of hidden code for determining the end
days.Some folks believe that the human
race will end in 7000 years, or that the Millennium will be the seventh
millennium of history.You have to lie
awake long after dark and probably be smoking something in order to come up
with these theories.
Now granted, God has a
plan, and God is well organized in His plan, but He also gives us no clues as
to how to predict future historical events.
All Peter is doing here
is responding to the attitude of mockers, who collectively state that there is
no God, there is no promise, that everything in history remains the same, with
no changes in sight.
And here Peter s point
is that God has a plan, and God takes His time in accomplishing that plan.
People have little time
in this world and as such, cannot accomplish all that they want to accomplish
in life.People want things done and
they want things done now.
But God looks down
through the tunnel of time and has seen many generations of people who will be
looking to Him and to heaven.God has
infinite patience and God will allow history unfold so that those future
generations of believers, will have their opportunity.
The other day, I presented
a question of mockers, Why did God not create everything perfect so that we do
not have to go through all of this trouble in history?
Now you think about
that question for a moment.You already
have the answer.
God, in eternity past,
looked down through the tunnel of time and saw every possible scenario for
history, including having no history at all.God saw the best scenario, and declared it in the Divine Decrees.We have already studied this.
But in this best of
choices, God put free will volition into everyone, and He saw that angels and
humanity would make choices for and against Him.
God did create the
angels perfect. God did create the universe as perfect. We have not seen that
universe. It was too long ago. But the angels exercised their free will and
destroyed the universe.
God created man as
perfect, in a perfect Garden.And if
Adam and Eve had not sinned, they would probably still be living in that
perfect Garden.But we know that sin
came along and the perfect was destroyed.
God creates things perfect,
but sin, which is not from God, comes along and destroys it all.
The sins of angels did
not take God by surprise.The sins of
Adam did not take God by surprise.
When human history
finally comes to an end, at the end of the Millennium, then judgment will clear
away permanently and forever, all evil, and those who promoted it, leaving only
believers and elect angels to go into the new universe and heaven.
That new universe and
heaven will be perfect and it will never be ruined, ever.That new universe will most likely be
something different than anything we are currently familiar with now, staggering
the imagination to no end.
God is answering the
impatience of mockers.Mockers are
examples of people who want things there way and they want it now.
God is patient, and God
wants things His way (perfect and truth) and He wants it for everyone in all of
history, so He takes His time in allowing history to unfold, so that those who
are alive today, have the opportunity to grow up in their spiritual lives, so
that those who are yet to be born, may be born and have their opportunity to
grow up in their spiritual lives, so that everyone in history has their chance.
God is not bored with
history.God is never bored with
history.God is never caught off guard.
If you record a game or
a movie, and watch it over and over again, then you know all of the details of
that recording.You have total
confidence as to its outcome.
The same is with God
and history.God has seen history.God inserts people into history in accordance
with His plan.God knows all of the who s.
what s, when s, where s, and how s of history.God controls history not you, not man, not governments, not empires,
People will make their
own choices in history, and God does not interfere with anyone's decisions in
life.He just knows and has known since
eternity past, everything you will think and decide in your life.
God has all of the
patience in the world and more.Whether
He accomplishes something in a day or in a thousand years makes no
difference.He has a plan and that plan
is coming together regardless of what the mockers think or say.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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